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Dragons take charge

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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DILIMAN College turned to the  ‘Mutt and Jeff’ combination of Rickson Gerero and Adama Diakhite to  bring down  Bulacan State University, 79-70, and  keep a share of the lead with defending champion Centro  Escolar University in the  Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Season 2  at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Parañaque.

Gerero scattered a team-high 22 points for the Blue Dragons, who extended their winning streak to five games  for a share of the topspot with the Scorpions with identical 7-1 win-loss records.

Bu it was Diakhite, as usual, who  made  the big  difference in the game.

The 6-9  Diakhite used his stratospheric  height to scare away the  Gold Gears  as he finished with a triple double of  18 points, 25 rebounds and 11 blocks for the  Quezon City-based  Blue Dragons.

Two other players  -- Joseph Brutas  and  Jerico Mondala  --  also scored in double figures  for the Blue Dragons  with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“Thank God for this  hard-earned  win. As always, we bring back the glory to him,” said Diliman College coach Rensy Bajar.
    
“This game tested our character as a team  coming from a big win against the   defending champion CEU.. I give credit to Adama, who  provides the team  the much-needed  leadership, especially on defense.
    
Bajar, who also steered the Blue  Dragons to the UCBL Summer League  title, attributed the team’s  continued success to the  all-out  support of  the Diliman College community, headed by former Sen. Nikki Coseteng.
    
A  former player himself  before  turning  his sights into coaching,  Bajar  also  thanked the team’s sponsors, Jerome Ngo of Gerry’s Grill and  RB  Sports and Apparel.
    
Up  next   for Diliman College is a rematch against Colegio de San Lorenzo Blue Griffins, the only team to beat the   Dragons  in the  elimination round.

The scores:
    
First game
    
Diliman College (79) --   Gerero 22, Diakhite 18, Brutas 11,   Mondala 10, Darang 5, Chavenia 3, Corpuz 3,  Salazar 3, Ligon 2, Tay 2, Bauzon 0, Handag 0, Mbiya 0, Sombero 0.
    
Bulacan State  (70)  -- Crisostomo 17, Dela Cruz 12, Fajardo 12, M. Mendoza 10,  Necio 8, Adebola 7, Ledesma 4, Cristobal 0, Enrile 0, J. Mendoza 0,  Odoy 0, Peñaflor 0, Sellano 0, Solayao 0.
    
Quarterscores: 20-12, 39-28, 62-53, 79-70.